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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Medtronic Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Oct. 2014 was $374 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2014 was $1,484 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Medtronic Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2014 was 360 (Jan. 2014 ) + 385 (Apr. 2014 ) + 365 (Jul. 2014 ) + 374 (Oct. 2014 ) = $1,484 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Medtronic Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||951||1,113||1,239||1,275||1,355||1,460||1,472||1,490||1,557||1,477|
Medtronic Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||385||387||376||409||360||372||360||385||365||374|